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THE RACE: FORD EcoBoost 400

TRACK: Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #36 of 36 for the 2014 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #10 of 10

THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Homestead, FL

Title Sponsor: FORD

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:17pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race: ESPN - 1:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:00pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 17 at 1:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    Fox Sports TV Listings
    FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
    NBC Sports - TV Times
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR

  • SportsCenter To Follow NASCAR Championship Contenders All Week: With the revised Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship having determined the four drivers who have a chance to win what will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship for each, ESPN SportsCenter will follow the four contenders all week as they prepare for Sunday's Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the final race of the season. The four finalists are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman. Though all drive for multi-car race teams, the four finalists represent four different race teams and three different manufacturers. The driver among the four who finishes highest in Sunday's race, no matter where he finishes overall in the 43-car field for the event, will be the new champion.
    ESPN reporters will be embedded with the championship contenders early this week, with SportsCenter airing multiple live reports from the four contending race shops between 9:30am/et and 2:00pm/et each day on Monday and Tuesday. The 6:00pm/et and 11:00pm/et editions of SportsCenter will air larger all-access features from each team, summarizing what the teams did on those days to prepare for the championship race.
    The Wednesday night editions of SportsCenter will air interviews and reports from that evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship contender's press conference in Miami, including the four drivers and their team owners, while Thursday's SportsCenter reports will follow work back at the race shops and what the drivers are doing in South Florida before on-track action begins Friday.
    Dave Burns will follow Logano from the Penske Racing headquarters, while Ryan McGee will report on Hamlin from Joe Gibbs Racing. Mike Massaro will report on Newman from Richard Childress Racing and Marty Smith will be with Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing.
    ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven will appear on SportsCenter frequently throughout race weekend, including during extended post-race coverage Sunday that will feature an interview with the new NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Sunday's 400-mile race airs live on ESPN. A special two-hour edition of NASCAR Countdown at 1:00pm/et will lead up to the 3:16pm/et green flag. All four championship contenders will appear live on Countdown from the ESPN Pit Studio, and the program also will include extended "the week that was" features on all four. The champion will visit ESPN on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and appear on a variety of ESPN programs and platforms.(ESPN)(11-11-2014)

  • Fox Sports 1 gears up for 21 hours of NASCAR Championship Week Coverage: FOX Sports wraps a riveting 2014 NASCAR season next week with 21 hours of live coverage surrounding the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship from Homestead-Miami Speedway. FOX Sports 1 delivers comprehensive and live NASCAR Championship Week programming beginning Monday, Nov. 10, highlighted by NASCAR Race Hun's live coverage of Wednesday's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, live telecasts of on-track activity across the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and NASCAR Ccamping World Truck Series from Homestead beginning Friday, Nov. 14, and live presentation of Friday's Truck Series season finale (8:00pm/et).
    Highlights of FOX Sports 1's coverage of Championship Week include:
    · Special two-hour NASCAR Rrace Hub (Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm/et) - includes live coverage of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship Press Conference from Miami, featuring the four drivers competing for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and their respective car owners. Bob Dillner reports live from the Trump National Doral in Miami. John Roberts and Danielle Trotta co-host in-studio with analysis from Ray Dunlap.
    · Thursday's NASCAR Race Hub (5:00-6:00 pm/et) delivers coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Press Conferences from Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the drivers, owners and crew chiefs battling for the Nationwide and Truck Series championships. Ray Dunlap reports from Homestead, with John Roberts and Danielle Trotta co-hosting in-studio and Matt Clark alongside with analysis.
    · Live coverage of Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale from Homestead on FOX Sports 1 (8:00pm/et), with pre-race coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET with NCWTS Setup.
    · Sunday's NASCAR Raceday (12:00pm/et) on FOX Sports 1 features sit-down interviews with all four Championship Round drivers; a "Chase War Room" roundtable discussion among NASCAR on FOX analysts, who break down the season finale and debate the four championship contenders; and an essay on the prestige of being a champion, related from the perspective of stars across various sports. Adam Alexander, Larry McReynolds, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood are live from Homestead, with John Roberts, Jeff Hammond and Kenny Wallace in-studio in Charlotte, N.C.
    · Complete post-race and championship coverage on NASCAR Victory Lane (7:00pm/et) on Sunday, Nov. 16 on FOX Sports 1. Alexander, McReynolds and Dillner deliver the latest from Homestead, with Roberts, Hammond and Wallace in-studio in Charlotte.(FoxSports)(11-11-2014)


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 13
6:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, November 14
7:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
12:30 - 2:00 pm NSCS Practice
6:15 pm NSCS Qualifying
8:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, November 15
8:30 am Garage Opens
12:00 - 12:50 pm NSCS Practice
3:00 - 3:50 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, November 16
9:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
3:00 pm NSCS Race FORD EcoBoost 400

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, November 14, 12:30 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, November 15, 12:00 - 12:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 15, 3:00 - 3:50 pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, November 14 at 6:15 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,382,636
2013: $5,359,625
2012: $5,305,686
2011: $5,194,299
2010: $5,247,828
2009: $5,413,645
2008: $5,374,166
2007: $5,310,336
2006: $5,270,543
2005: $5,174,014
2004: $5,130,338
2003: $4,745,672
2002: $4,215,766
2001: $3,592,785
2000: $3,281,151


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval, 267 laps, 400.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 50 feet, Banking: 4 degrees
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car / Caution Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1995
    OLD LAYOUT 1995-2002
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
    Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees Grandstand Seating: 46,000 [down from 56,000 and 65,000]

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Honorary Race Chairman: Edsel B. Ford II, Member Board of Directors, Ford
    Grand Marshal: Joe Hinrichs, Executive VP & President of the Americas, Ford
    Command to start engines: Joe Hinrichs
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Raj Nair, Group VP & CTO, Global Product Development, Ford
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Mark Fields, President and CEO, Ford
    Color Guard: 482nd Honor Guard - Homestead Air Reserve Base
    God Bless America: Arabella Jones, 18-year-old rising country music artist
    America the Beautiful: Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson of Max Impact, The USAF Band
    Pledge of Allegiance: Brigadier General Kurt Sonntag, Commander, Special Operations Command South
    Driver Introduction Announcer: Bruce Buffer, Legendary UFC Announcer
    Invocation: Pastor Sammy Flores, Christ Fellowship
    National Anthem: Caleb Johnson, 2014 American Idol Winner
    Flyover: Two F-16 Fighting Falcons, 93rd Fighter Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Homestead-Miami Speedway
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  • November 2013: see the Homestead Race Info page

  • 2013 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 130.693mph, started 5th
  • Race Record [new layout]: Jeff Gordon, Nov 2012, 142.245mph
  • Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph
  • Slowest Race Record: Greg Biffle, 2004, 105.623mph [new layout]
  • Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
  • Youngest Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Denny Hamlin, 2009, started 38th

  • 2013 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 177.667mph, finished 2nd
  • Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Jamie McMurray, Nov 2003, 181.111mph
  • Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 5 months, 23 days, 11/16/2012

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Notes:
    #11-Denny Hamlin
    - In 2014, Hamlin has one win, seven top fives and 17 top 10s.
    - During the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Hamlin scored one top five and six top 10s.
    - Hamlin's average finish during the Chase was 12.4.
    - His driver rating was 92.7 and his average running position was 14.7.
    - During the Eliminator Round, Hamlin had one top five and three top 10s, with an average finish of 7.7.
    - At Homestead, Hamlin has nine starts, two wins, four top fives, five top 10s, with an average finish of 11.2.
    #22-Joey Logano
    - In 2014, Logano has five wins, 16 top fives and 22 top 10s.
    - During the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Logano scored two wins, six top fives and seven top 10s.
    - Logano had a Chase-best average finish of 5.3.
    - His driver rating was 107.8 and his average running position was 9.5.
    - During the Eliminator Round, Logano had one top five and two top 10s, with an average finish of 7.7.
    - At Homestead, Logano has five starts, one top 10 and an average finish of 20.8.
    #31-Ryan Newman
    - In 2014, Newman has four top fives and 15 top 10s.
    - During the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Newman scored two top fives and five top 10s.
    - Newman's average finish during the Chase was 9.8.
    - His driver rating was 90.1 and his average running position was 14.0.
    - During the Eliminator Round, Newman had one top five, with an average finish of 9.7.
    - At Homestead, Newman has 12 starts, one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 17.0.
    #4-Kevin Harvick
    - In 2014, Harvick has four wins, 13 top fives and 19 tops.
    - During the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Harvick scored two wins, five top fives and six top 10s.
    - Harvick had a Chase average finish of 8.8.
    - His driver rating was a Chase-best 118.9 and his average running position was 7.6.
    - During the Eliminator Round, Harvick had one win and two top fives, with an average finish of 12.0.
    - At Homestead, Harvick has 13 starts, five top fives, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 8.1.
    (NASCAR)

  • NASCAR Grassroots Ties Aplenty With Chase Finalists: Denny Hamlin's first NASCAR championship was earned in a mini stock at Langley Speedway in his native Virginia. Seventeen years later, he's positioned to reach the pinnacle of the profession. Hamlin's start in stock car racing began in the entry-level divisions of local weekly racing tracks like Langley in the late 1990s. By the early 2000s he had moved up to the feature division late model stocks and started to venture out beyond his Chesterfield, Virginia, home base. Success followed everywhere he went. Flash forward to 2014, where Hamlin is one of four contenders for the sport's ultimate prize, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman head to Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 as the Championship 4 contenders, each with a chance to become a first-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titlist.
    While they took different routes to reach Sunday's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as finalists, like Hamlin, each has a direct connection to NASCAR's grassroots regional touring and weekly series:
    · Harvick's first stock car crown was earned at Mesa Marin Raceway in 1993, two years before NASCAR began sanctioning weekly competition at the track in his hometown of Bakersfield, California. But he wouldn't have to wait long to get a championship under the NASCAR banner. Following Rookie of the Year honors in the former NASCAR Southwest Tour in 1995, Harvick scored five wins in 14 races en route to the 1998 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title as a 22-year-old. It was his only full-time season in the series, and he captured the championship while simultaneously competing full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
    · Logano ushered in a new era of K&N Pro Series competition when he dominated as a teen in 2007. The Middletown, Connecticut, native's lone regional touring series season during his meteoric rise up the NASCAR Ladder began with a win in his debut at Phoenix International Raceway in K&N Pro Series West action and included five more victories en route to the championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the K&N Pro Series East. Logano's signature moment came in the inaugural K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway when he beat Harvick - by then well established in the Sprint Cup Series - to the checkered flag just four days shy of his 17th birthday.
    · Newman may not have come up through NASCAR's regional touring system, but he has become a frequent fixture in the cockpit of the No. 7NY when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the last seven years, the South Bend, Indiana, wheelman has compiled four wins and 12 top 10s in 18 races driving as part of a team formed by crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and car chief Gary Putnam, who got their start on the tour on the way to Sprint Cup Series careers. An additional modified win came in the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout this past July at New Hampshire.
    · Hamlin was a rising star in 2003 in the late model world and the season proved to be the launching pad. Twenty-two years old at the time, Hamlin exploded with 25 wins, 30 poles and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship at Southern National Motorsports Park in North Carolina. The experience gained at those southeastern NASCAR short tracks proved to be such a solid foundation that Hamlin made his debut in the Sprint Cup Series just two years removed from that breakout 2003 late model campaign.
    Like Newman, Hamlin's involvement at the grassroots level continues today with the annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown late model event - held at South Boston in 2014 - that benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation and pits weekly racers and up-and-coming talent against competitors from the sport's upper echelon.(NASCAR)(11-15-2014)

  • Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup: Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    · Homestead-Miami Speedway has been a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff's inception in 2004. This season the track will host its 11th Chase event.
    · The winner of the Homestead-Miami Chase race has gone on to win the championship during the Chase era once: Tony Stewart (2011).
    · Greg Biffle leads the series in Chase race wins at Homestead-Miami with three (2004 - 2006); followed by Carl Edwards with two (2008, 2010).
    · The worst finish in a Chase race by the eventual series champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway is 15th (three times), Tony Stewart in 2005, Jimmie Johnson in 2008 and Brad Keselowski in 2012.
    · Chase Contenders have won seven of the 10 previous Chase races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Two non-Chase contenders have won a Homestead-Miami Chase race: Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006) and Denny Hamlin (2013).
    · Four of the 10 previous Chase races at Homestead the eventual series champion has finished in the top five.
    · Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in Chase race wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway with six, including five consecutive: Greg Biffle (2004 - 2006), Matt Kenseth (2007) and Carl Edwards (2008).
    · Ford leads the series in Chase wins at Homestead with six; followed by Chevrolet with two.
    · The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway is Carl Edward's victory in 2010. He posted a Perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led 190 of the 267 laps (71.1% of his laps completed) - most by a Chase race winner at Homestead.(NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Homestead:
    #99-Carl Edwards 115.5
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. 110.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth 109.8
    #4-Kevin Harvick 99.1 [Chase driver]
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 96.6
    #24-Jeff Gordon 96.5
    #18-Kyle Busch 93.4
    #11-Denny Hamlin 93.4 [Chase driver]
    #15-Clint Bowyer 92.7
    AND
    #31-Ryan Newman 84.8, 13th-best [Chase driver]
    #22-Joey Logano 71.2, 22nd-best [Chase driver]
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (nine total) among active drivers at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Homestead Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    · Since the inception of the position-based points system in 1975, only four drivers have made up a points deficit in the season finale: Richard Petty in 1979 (made up two points on Darrell Waltrip), Alan Kulwicki in 1992 (made up 30 points on Davey Allison), Jimmie Johnson in 2010 (made up 15 points on Denny Hamlin) and Tony Stewart in 2012 (made up three points on Carl Edwards).
    · There have been 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, one per season since 1999.
    · There have been nine different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Homestead-Miami; three have won more than once, led by Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart with three each. Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin (two each) are the only other drivers with multiple wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    · Of the three drivers with multiple wins at Homestead, Tony Stewart is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Pontiac (1999, 2000) and Chevrolet (2011).
    · Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Homestead with seven, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with five.
    · Denny Hamlin won the 2009 race from the 38th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at HMS.
    · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Homestead was the (4/10/2010) race won by Greg Biffle with a MOV of 0.017 seconds.
    (NASCAR)(11-16-2014)

  • Phoenix Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    · 113 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead; 89 in more than one.
    · Two drivers have made all 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead: Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon.
    · Two drivers have won consecutive races at Homestead-Miami: Tony Stewart (1999 - 2000) and Greg Biffle (2004 - 2006, three straight).
    · Carl Edwards leads the series in average finish at Homestead with a 6.600; only two other drivers have an average finish inside the top 10: Kevin Harvick (8.078) and Martin Truex Jr. (9.222).
    · Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead the series in runner-up finishes at Homestead with two each.
    · Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Homestead with seven; followed by Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick with five each.
    · Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-10 finishes at Homestead with 11 each; followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight.
    · Eight of the nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Homestead-Miami participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Tony Stewart (1999) is the only driver to win at Homestead in his first appearance.
    · Dale Earnhardt Jr. lead the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway without visiting Victory Lane at 14.
    · Danica Patrick became the first female driver to compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season; starting 24th and finishing 20th.
    (NASCAR)(11-15-2014)

  • Homestead Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    · David Green won the first Coors Light pole at Homestead in 1999 at a speed of 155.759 mph (34.669 sec.).
    · There have been 11 different Coors Light pole winners, led by Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with two each.
    · Two of the 15 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been won from the Coors Light pole: Bill Elliott (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002).
    · Five of the 15 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead have been won from the front row: two from the pole and three from second-place.
    · 10 of the 15 (66.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
    · 5 of the 15 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead have been won from a starting position outside the top 10 - most recently - Jeff Gordon (15th-place starting position; 2012).
    · Jamie McMurray (November, 2003) and David Reutimann (November, 2008) won their first career Coors Light poles at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    (NASCAR)(11-14-2014)

  • Homestead Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    · Groundbreaking for Homestead-Miami Dade Motorsports Complex - as the track was originally named - began Aug. 24, 1993.
    · The first race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Nov. 5, 1995 - won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.
    · The original configuration was a four-turn, rectangular oval based on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout.
    · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead was held on Nov. 14, 1999 - won by Tony Stewart.
    · 2002 was the first season of the Championship Weekend at Homestead, with all three of NASCAR's national series holding their season finale at the same track.
    (NASCAR)(11-13-2014)

  • If Newman wins championship he could set a record...no wins: Of the final four championship contenders, #31-Ryan Newman is the only one who has not won a race. NASCAR has never had a winless champion in its top series. Ever. He has led just 41 laps all season and has just four top-five finishes, the lowest for a potential champion since 1949, when Red Byron won NASCAR's first championship with four top-fives in just six races. Even if Newman wins the season finale, he will set a record for championship futility. He would become just the fifth driver to win the championship with just one win [1950 Bill Rexford in 17 races, 1961 Ned Jarrett in 46 races, 1973 Benny Parsons in 28 races and 2003 Matt Kenseth in 36 races], and the previous four each had more top-fives, more top-10s and more laps led. His 16 top-10s - assuming he finishes in the top 10 at Homestead - would be the fewest for a champion since 1950, when Bill Rexford had 11 in just 17 races.(Sporting News)(11-11-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    2,083: Laps led by Kevin Harvick through the first 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this year, far and away a career best. Harvick added 264 laps to his total on Sunday in winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, his fourth victory of the season.
    41: The number of laps led this season by Ryan Newman, who dive-bombed his way into NASCAR's Championship Round with a dramatic pass of Kyle Larson on the final lap at Phoenix. If Newman can lead the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway, however, he'll be the new series champion.
    1: In championship points, the margin by which Jeff Gordon, Sunday's race runner-up, missed qualifying for the season finale at Homestead. Gordon was eliminated by Newman's desperation pass, but the real damage occurred a week earlier, when Brad Keselowski's late-race contact with Gordon's car at Texas cut Gordon's tire and dropped him to 29th at the finish.
    13: The position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings of six-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who suffered his fourth DNF of the season on Sunday at Phoenix. In his 12 previous full-time seasons, Johnson has never finished lower than sixth in the final standings.
    11: The number of races this season that Kevin Harvick finished higher than Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman - the highest of the Championship 4. Comparatively, Logano was the highest finisher of the four in 10 races; Hamlin in eight and Newman in six.(NASCAR Wire Service)(11-11-2014)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski.com's Homestead-Miami Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links



    Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane
    after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 and
    the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014
    Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

  • Kevin Harvick Wins 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship: In a storybook finish to conclude a revamped Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, #4-Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday to claim his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. To win the title, Harvick needed to finish ahead of his fellow Championship 4 - and a win was the only way that would've happened. #31-Ryan Newman finished second, #11-Denny Hamlin finished seventh and #22-Joey Logano ended the night in 16th.
    After finishing a career-best third in the standings in three of the last four seasons, the 14-year series mainstay finally broke through for the premier series title in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing. A veteran of all three of NASCAR's national series, Harvick joins Bobby Labonte and Brad Keselowski as the third driver to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series crowns. Harvick, 38, is the 30th champion in the 66-year history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    The #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy driver showed off his speed throughout 2014, pacing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led and poles. Following a two-win regular season, Harvick entered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as its No. 6 seed. He adeptly navigated his way through the Chase's Challenger and Contender Rounds highlighted by his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but would still be searching for a championship without his clutch performance in the Eliminator Round cutoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Entering the penultimate showdown at the one-mile tri-oval last among Chase qualifiers, Harvick needed a win at Phoenix to advance to the Championship 4. He responded to the pressure by leading 264-of-312 laps and beating four-time series champion Jeff Gordon on his way to Victory Lane. The Bakersfield, California, native carried his momentum to Homestead, becoming the first title-winner under NASCAR's new playoff format.
    Harvick's championship is the second for Stewart-Haas Racing. The racing outfit jointly owned by three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title behind the driving efforts of Stewart in 2011. #4 team crew chief Rodney Childers, also in his first season with SHR, won his first series crown as well.(NASCAR)(11-16-2014)

  • Harvick wins at Homestead and is the 2014 CHAMPION: #4-Kevin Harvick won the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 1st win at Homestead and his 28h career win.
    Harvick is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, beating #31-Ryan Newman by 1 points in the first ever Championship Race. #11-Hamlin finished 7th which placed him 3rd in the Chase and #22-Joey Logano suffered a poor pitstop late in the race to finish 16th and 4th in the Chase.
    #31-Newman finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #27-Menard, #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson and #24-Gordon.
    Pole winner #24-Gordon dominated most of the race, leading 161 of 267 laps until pitting late in the race and finishing 10th.
    There were 18 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 13 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 122.280 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-16-2014)

  • Chevrolet Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championship: With the conclusion of the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet clinched the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Championship. It marks the 12th consecutive year and 38th time overall that the Bowtie Brand has won the prestigious title in NASCAR's premiere series. It is the second Manufacturers' award for the Chevrolet SS race car.
    "Winning the Manufacturers' championship is one of the goals we set at the beginning of every season," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "This championship is the result of great teamwork by the owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crews and technical partners. Special thanks to the Chevrolet powertrain team, along with the engine shops at Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt-Childress Racing for delivering the right combination of power, fuel economy, and reliability throughout the entire season. Congratulations to everyone who has made this special achievement possible for Chevrolet."
    In the 2014 season Chevrolet drivers captured 20 victories. Chevrolet won its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' award in 1958 and now with the 2014 Cup secured, Chevrolet has reached an unprecedented 38th title. The Team Chevy drivers that have contributed to the manufacturers' points that achieved the title for Chevrolet are: Kevin Harvick (five wins), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (four wins); Jeff Gordon (four wins), Jimmie Johnson (four wins), AJ Allmendinger (one win), Kurt Busch (one win), Kasey Kahne (one win); along with top finishers Landon Cassill, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.(Team Chevy)
    see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' championship rules, standings and stats on Jayski.com's Manufacturers' Standings page.(11-16-2014)

  • Where the 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finished at Homestead:
    [listed by driver chase points position before the race](started)
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 7th (8)
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 16th (9)
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 2nd (21)
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick, WON (5) - CHAMPION
    (11-16-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Homestead:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the 16th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400, his 28th victory in 502 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 14 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #31-Ryan Newman (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 16th top-10 finish in 2014.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in seven races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 1 points over Ryan Newman.
    Kyle Larson is the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year.
    Chevrolet wins the manufacturers championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-16-2014)

  • FINAL Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    the four drivers who raced for the Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [5 wins] 5043
    2) #31-Ryan Newman, 5042, -1 point
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 5037, 6-
    4) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 5028, -15
    The driver that finished in the highest position at Homestead, won the championship
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-16-2014)

  • Final Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    driver that finishes highest at Homestead will win the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [5 wins] 5043
    2) #31-Ryan Newman, 5042, -1 point
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 5037, 6-
    4) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 5028, -15
    drivers below were eliminated in the first 3 rounds:
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 2361, -2667
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 2348, -2695
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2334, -2709
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [4 wins], 2301, -2742
    9) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2288, -2755
    10) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2285, -2758
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2274, -2769
    12) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2263, -2780
    13) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2260, -2783
    14) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2247, -2796
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2234, -2809
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2195, -2848
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-16-2014)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(EC), 1253
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C4), 1216, -37
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 1179, -74
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(EC), 1175, -78
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick(CH), 1171, -82
    6) #31-Ryan Newman(C2), 1136, -117
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth(EC), 1131, -122
    8) #42-Kyle Larson #, 1080, -173
    9) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 1067, -186
    10) #99-Carl Edwards(EC), 1059, -194
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 1014, -239
    12) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 1000, -253
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin(C3), 987, -266 (missed a races)
    14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 979, -274
    15) #18-Kyle Busch(EC), 969, -284
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne(EC), 966, -287
    17) #3-Austin Dillon #, 958, -295
    18) #27-Paul Menard, 944, -309
    19) #55-Brian Vickers, 921, -332
    20) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 911, -342
    21) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 872, -381
    22) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 868, -385
    23) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 857, -396
    24) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 820, -433
    25) #14-Tony Stewart, 799, -454 (missed 3 races)
    (CH is the 2014 Sprint Cup Series Champion)
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (11-16-2014)

  • Unofficial Chase Standings using 2013 Sprint Cup Chase rules:
    [after Homestead, race 36 of 36]
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins], 2396
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [5 wins], 2389, -7 (2014 Champ)
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 2361, -35
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 2354, -42
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins], 2348, -48
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2334, -62
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [4 wins], 2301, -95
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2288, -108
    9) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 2282, -114
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2274, -122
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 2247, -149
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2231, -165
    (11-16-2014)

  • Homestead Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 13th, 11 rookie points
    #51-Allgaier, 15th, 10
    #3-Dillon, 25th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 26th, 8
    #23-Bowman, 33rd, 7
    #7-Annett, 35th, 6
    Truex, Did Not Race
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(11-16-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down
    Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 41st
    Caution 3: #9-Ambrose, 27th
    Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 14th
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose(2), 27th
    Caution 6: #43-Almirola, 19th
    Caution 7: #47-Allmendinger, 40th
    Caution 8: #21-Bayne, 42nd
    Caution 9: #9-Ambrose(3), 27th
    Caution 10: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 22nd
    Caution 11: #95-McDowell, 21st
    Caution 12: #38-Gilliland, 31st
    Caution 13: #98-Wise, 32nd
    (11-16-2014)


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  • Race Coverage of the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, November 16, 2014.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:17pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, November 17, 1:00am/et, ESPN2

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #41-Busch took pit stall 4, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #20-Kenseth, who starts 3rd took the 3rd pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 12th.
    Chase Drivers pit stalls:
    #4-Harvick, who starts 5th, chose stall 13
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 8th, chose stall 6
    #22-Logano, who starts 9th, chose stall 8
    #31-Newman, who starts 21st, chose stall 17
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-14-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes, Chase drivers info:
    #48-Johnson 175.200
    #5-Kahne 174.820
    #41-Busch 174.385
    #47-Allmendinger 173.706
    #20-Kenseth 173.633
    The Four CHASE drivers:
    #22-Logano was 7th fastest
    #4-Harvick was 8th fastest
    #31-Newman was 12th fastest
    #11-Hamlin was 13th fastest
    slowest: #66-Moffitt 163.979 & #13-Mears 166.698.
    Best 10 consecutive lap average
    #48-Johnson 171.446 and #20-Kenseth 170.575
    The Four CHASE drivers best 10 consecutive lap ave:
    #11-Hamlin was 3rd fastest
    #4-Harvick was 7th fastest
    #31-Newman was 8th fastest
    #22-Logano was 12th fastest
    notes: #22-Logano brushed the wall early, doing slight damage to the right rear of the car.
    #33-Scott had a tire go down and was smoking, but no damage to the car.
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run and more on the Homestead Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(11-15-2014)

  • First Saturday practice for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes, Chase drivers info:
    #4-Harvick 175.069
    #24-Gordon 175.029
    #2-Keselowski 174.498
    #48-Johnson 174.222
    #11-Hamlin 173.969
    The Four CHASE drivers:
    #4-Harvick is fastest
    #11-Hamlin is 5th fastest
    #22-Logano is 6th fastest
    #31-Newman is 12th fastest
    slowest: #66-Moffitt 165.797 & #32-Koch 166.154.
    notes: #2-Keselowski scraped the wall late in the session and has some front end damage.
    #31-Newman hit something on the track mid-way thru practice and has damage to the splitter and bead blower (cools tires/brakes).
    #33-Scott had an engine blow early in practice, leaving a lot of fluid on the track.
    See fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run and more on the Homestead Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(11-15-2014)

  • Gordon wins Homestead pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with speed of 180.747mph for his 3rd pole of 2014, 1st at Homestead and 77th of his career. Gordon has won 20 races from the pole out of 76 previous poles. Gordon now has three tracks he has not won a pole at: Las Vegas, Kansas and Kentucky.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #15-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #78-Truex Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Johnson.
    Chase driver #31-Newman failed to advance into the final round and will start 21st.
    #2-Brad Keselowski set a new track record in Round 1 with a speed of 181.238 mph
    Missing the race were: none, only 43 cars entered.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results, qualifying order and more on Jayski.com's Homestead Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(11-14-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Homestead:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual Ford EcoBoost 400 with a lap of 29.876 seconds, 180.747 mph.
    This is his 77th pole in 761 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 24th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #41-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2014 and his eighth in 14 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 12th in 36 races this season.
    #51-Justin Allgaier (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    This is the 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole for Hendrick Motorsports.
    #2-Brad Keselowski set a new track record in Round 1 of 3 with a speed of 181.238 mph.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-14-2014)

  • Where the four 2014 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers will start at Homestead:
    [listed by current driver chase points position]
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 8th
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 9th
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 21st
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick, 5th
    (11-14-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 181.196
    #48-Johnson 179.964
    #2-Keselowski 179.922
    #78-Truex Jr. 179.593
    #11-Hamlin 179.414
    the rest of the top 12: 20 24 88 4 18 15 22;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 55 51 99 27 9 43 1 16 31 17 5 3
    (11-14-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is over, after 25 scheduled minutes.
    #2-Keselowski 181.238 (new track record)
    #4-Harvick 181.014
    #22-Logano 180.989
    #41-Busch 180.717
    #24-Gordon 180.638
    the rest of the top 24: 78 11 18 20 31 3 15 48 1 17 16 51 88 99 43 5 27 9 55;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 47 21 42 14 13 33 34 10 40 83 38 36 98 95 7 32 23 26 66
    Driver who will miss the race: none, only 43 entered.
    (11-14-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:15pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 6:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #26-Whitt.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Homestead Qualifying Page.(11-14-2014)

  • Friday practice for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is being run, after 87 of 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest, notes, Chase drivers info:
    #2-Keselowski 179.004
    #4-Harvick 178.950
    #20-Kenseth 178.453
    #41-Busch 177.772
    #24-Gordon 177.743
    The Four CHASE drivers:
    #4-Harvick is 2nd fastest
    #11-Hamlin is 8th fastest
    #31-Newman is 19th fastest
    #22-Logano is 21st fastest
    slowest: #66-Moffitt 168.951 & #36-Sorenson 169.497
    notes: #78-Truex Jr. was reported to have smoke and fluid from the car early in practice.
    #3-Dillon had a right rear tore go down, but slowed down and got it to the garage.
    If qualifying, scheduled for tonight at 6:15pn.et on ESPN2, is cancelled (no chance of rain), this practice would set the starting order.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Homestead Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf). (11-14-2014)

  • Entry List for the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #21-Bayne, #32-Blake Koch, #33-Brian Scott, #66-Brett Moffitt, #83-Yeley, #95-McDowell.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Homestead Entry List

  • For the new group qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings before reset:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    first four drivers head to the Championship race at Homestead
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [4 wins, 1 in round 3] 4102
    2) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 4112 [+10]
    3) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 4111 [+9]
    4) #31-Ryan Newman, 4103 [1 points ahead of 4th]
    These drivers eliminated at Phoenix:
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 4102 [1 points out of 4th]
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 4100 [-3]
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 4095 [-8]
    8) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 4088 [-15]
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, within that round of the Chase)
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-9-2014)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    driver that finishes highest at Homestead will win the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 5000
    2) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 5000
    3) #31-Ryan Newman, 5000
    4) #4-Kevin Harvick [4 wins] 5000
    drivers below eliminated in the first 3 rounds:
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 2320
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 2312, -8 out of 5th
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2296, -24
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2280, -40
    9) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2278, -42
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [4 wins], 2271, -49
    11) #47-AJ Allmendinger [1 win], 2256, -64
    12) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2256, -64
    13) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2239, -81
    14) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 2229, -91
    15) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2202, -118
    16) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win], 2170, -150
    See the CHASE drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Reset Chase Points Standings (pdf).(11-9-2014)

  • Unofficial Chase Standings using 2013 Sprint Cup Chase rules:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    1) #22-Joey Logano [5 wins] 2368
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick [4 wins] 2342, -29
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski [6 wins], 2320, -48
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon [4 wins] 2312, -56
    5) #31-Ryan Newman, 2311, -57
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2296, -72
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2278, -90
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2277, -91
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [4 wins], 2271, -97
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 2244, -124
    11) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2239, -129
    12) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 2199, -169
    (11-9-2014)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(EC), 1217
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C2), 1188, -29
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(EC), 1145, -72
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 1138, -79
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick(C4), 1124, -93
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(EC), 1093, -124
    7) #31-Ryan Newman(C3), 1093, -124
    8) #99-Carl Edwards(EC), 1049, -168
    9) #42-Kyle Larson, 1049, -168
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 1032, -185
    11) #16-Greg Biffle(EC), 997, -220
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 975, -242
    13) #18-Kyle Busch(EC), 964, -253
    14) #11-Denny Hamlin(C1), 949, -268 (missed a races)
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 943, -274
    16) #3-Austin Dillon, 939, -278
    17) #5-Kasey Kahne(EC), 934, -283
    18) #27-Paul Menard, 904, -313
    19) #55-Brian Vickers, 900, -317
    20) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 877, -340
    21) #47-AJ Allmendinger(EC), 864, -353
    22) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 855, -362
    23) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 830, -387
    24) #14-Tony Stewart, 798, -419 (missed 3 races)
    25) #43-Aric Almirola(EC), 795, -422
    (C# is chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC is chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (11-9-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in FORD Ecoboost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-924 at Homestead, which last ran at Chicago in September and won the race. The backup chassis is PRS-902 which was last used as a backup at Texas in Nov.
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 at Homestead. This is the same Dow Chevy that Dillon raced to a 13th-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicago in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will utilize Chassis No. 850 this weekend. Harvick raced this Budweiser chassis multiple times this season, including the following races: Auto Club Speedway (36th), the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (second), Kentucky (seventh) and Bristol (August - 11th). The #4 Budweiser team also utilized this car during a two-day test at Homestead last month (Oct. 28-20). Harvick has 13 prior NSCS starts at the 1.5-mile track. He has earned five top fives and 11 top-10 finishes. Harvick has led a total of 136 laps at Homestead and has an average start of 14.0 and an average finish of 8.1 there.

    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-820 for Sunday's race at Homestead. Kahne has raced this car five times this year. He drove it at the Fontana, California, oval in March and at Charlotte's All-Star Race in May, raced it to an eighth-place finish at Kentucky in June and drove it to Victory Lane at Atlanta in August. Most recently, Kahne drove this chassis at Dover in September. In 10 Sprint Cup Series starts at Homestead, Kahne has earned two pole positions, one top-five finish and four top-10s and led a total of 107 laps at the 1.5-mile track. He also has completed 2,593 of 2,675 laps there (96.9 percent). Kahne is the only driver with more than three starts at Homestead to have an average starting position inside the top 10 (8.3).
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will drive primary Chassis No. 10-908 which debuted in October 2014 at Charlotte with Kurt Busch and crew chief Daniel Knost. It started 11th and finished 11th after leading two laps. Backup chassis No. 10-845 was tested by Kurt Busch at Las Vegas in March, and then started 26th and finished 23rd at the 1.5-mile oval race weekend. The chassis was then used at Darlington, where Busch started 13th but finished 31st after being involved in an accident late in the race. The car was repaired and used in June at Michigan, where Busch started eighth, led 16 laps, but finished 13th. The car was back to Michigan in August, when Busch started 16th, led three laps and finished 31st. The Ford 400 will mark Danica Patrick's 82nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her second at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She finished 20th there in 2013. In three NASCAR Nationwide Series outings, she started in the top-15 each time and finished 13th in November 2012. In six IndyCar Series races at the track, her best finished was second in 2010.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-898 debuted in August at Michigan with veteran NASCAR driver Jeff Burton at the wheel. Burton qualified 27th and felt the car was capable of advancing to the front, but a cracked tailpipe caught the heat shields underneath the car on fire around lap 65. It took 24 laps in the garage to make repairs, and Burton finished a disappointing 37th. Chassis No. 14-898 returned to action at Atlanta with Stewart. After starting 12th and passing five cars on the first lap, Stewart continued to show strength, climbing all the way to fourth place by lap 15. Changing track conditions saw Stewart drop to 12th by lap 100, but in working the low line around the track's corners, Stewart made the racecar work for him. Unfortunately, a flat right-front tire on lap 171 sent Stewart into the turn-two wall. The right side of Chassis No. 14-898 scraped along the SAFER Barrier and then moments later, the tire shredded, ripping apart sheetmetal and suspension components. Too damaged to repair, the car suffered a DNF (Did Not Finish). The car has been busy since, testing at Charlotte Sept. 29-30 and at Homestead Oct. 28-29. This weekend's Sprint Cup season finale marks the third career start for Chassis No. 14-898. Stewart has three wins, four top-fives, seven top-10s and has led a total of 450 laps in his 14 career Sprint Cup starts at Homestead. His average start is 15.9, his average finish is 11.9 and he has a lap completion rate of 99.9.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 817 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Homestead. This chassis raced at Kansas in October (18th). Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis . This chassis raced at Bristol in August (17th) Kentucky in June (23rd) and Dover in June (4th). Bowyer has three top-fives and five top-10s in eight races at the 1.5-mile oval.
    #16-Greg Biffle: the primary chassis is RK-930 which made is 2014 debut at Kansas with a 15th place finish, then went on to finish 13th at Texas. The backup chassis is RK-890 which last ran at Pocono, finishing 5th. Greg Biffle won at Homestead three years in row, starting in 2004. In addition to his three wins, Biffle has four top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile track.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: primary chassis RK-914 is the same chassis that Stenhouse Jr. has raced multiple times this year. This chassis was last raced at Charlotte where Stenhouse finished 24th. The backup chassis is RK- 877 which last raced at New Hampshire and finished ninth. Stenhouse has two career starts at Homestead, with an average starting position of 18.0 and average finishing position of 30.5.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #19-Carl Edwards: oops, not until next season.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-923 at Homestead, which last ran at Chicago in September and finished 4th. The backup chassis is PRS-903 which was last used as a backup at Texas in Nov.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for this Sunday's race. This chassis is brand new and has never been raced. On Nov. 18, 2012, Gordon led the final 13 laps en route to his only victory in 15 starts the South Florida track. His seven top-five finishes are two more than any other driver while Gordon is tied for most top-10s with 11.
    #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 480 during Sunday's 400.5-mile event at Homestead. This is the same Richmond/Menards Chevy he raced to a 42nd-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 21st-place finish at Chicago in September, a fourth-place finish at Michigan in August and a 24th-place finish at Indianapolis in July. In eight starts at the 1.5-mile track, Menard has an average start of 26 and average finish of 24.1. He's completed 2,093 of 2,137 laps with one lap led. Menard also owns five NASCAR Nationwide Series starts earning one start from the third position, along with two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 486 in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead. This Caterpillar chassis was utilized earlier this season at Kansas where the #31 team started 17th and finished sixth. In 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, Newman owns one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average start is 12.4 and average finish is 17. He's led 143 laps in competition. Newman's 11th-place finish at Phoenix advanced the #31 team to the Championship Round at Homestead. Newman is in a four-way tie for the lead heading into the season finale with 5,000 points.
    #33-Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 454 during the 267-lap event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This chassis saw track action this season at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte, Michigan and Kentucky. Slugger Labbe will crew chief the #33 entry this weekend. Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Homestead-Miami 400 on Sunday.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-891 for this weekend's event in Homestead. This car was tested at Homestead last month and also finished 12th at Chicago in September. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-799, which was last raced at Kansas in May where Johnson finished ninth. In 13 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Johnson has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Johnson won two poles (2007 and 2009) and has led 99 laps. He has yet to win at the 1.5-mile track, which is one of four tracks where he has yet to reach Victory Lane. Others include Chicago, Watkins Glen and Kentucky. Johnson has an average start of 15.8 and finish of 14.8.
    #51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 808 which finished 26th at Darlington, 42nd & 19th at Michigan & 15th at Dover in Sept. Backup chassis 797 finished 43rd at Dover in June.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 National Guard team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-877. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Chicago in September. In 14 Sprint Cup starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Earnhardt has led 121 laps and recorded one top-five finish and two top-10s. He scored his best finish -- third -- at Homestead in the 2013 season finale.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will unload primary chassis RK-910 was last run in 2014 at the second Charlotte race, starting in the 10th spot and finishing 8th. Backup chassis RK-897 was Backup for second Texas race. Edwards has won two times at Homestead in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008 and 2010. He has 10 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval with an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 6.6.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 8 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.46 in. (2,247 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Homestead this week . . . Camping World Truck teams will run the same left-side tire with a different right-side . . . the Sprint Cup/Nationwide set-up is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series ran twice at Texas this season . . . Cup teams also ran this tire set-up in race No. 1 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland in September . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by NASCAR teams at Homestead since 2010 . . . this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4618) at Homestead . . . this right-side employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outside 10 inches of the tread features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inside two inches of the tread is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . this tire set-up was confirmed for Homestead at a Goodyear test at the track on September 9 . . . one team per Chase-qualified organization was allowed to participate, though no Chase-eligible driver was allowed to test . . . drivers that participated were Justin Allgaier (Hendrick), Ryan Blaney (Penske), Austin Dillon (Childress), Sam Hornish (Gibbs), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush-Fenway) and Martin Truex Jr. (JTG-Daugherty) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


Race / Cup Odds


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